As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods every day. That’s what you’ll find in Weekly Obsessions: a running list of highly covetable items we’re currently mad about — because if it’s on our radar, it should definitely be on yours, too. From the fashion must-haves of the moment to lust-worthy watch releases, scroll through to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Burberry quilted towelling Lola bag
We’ve finally reached mid-summer season and with such fine weather Hong Kong’s been getting, I’ve been in the mood for vibrant colours and all things beachy. While we might sadly want to rethink about our plans on hitting the water given the recent sudden increase of CoViD-19 outbreaks, there’s no reason we can’t insert a bit of that seaside (or at least, poolside) vibe into our wardrobes for that energising summer spirit.
Burberry has just launched a TB Summer Monogram collection that is just perfect for keeping us in the brightest mood. The special collection — what ranges from ready-to-wear to bags, shoes and even surfboards — come covered in an enlarged TB logo in colour palettes of orange, blue and more. While I love them all, I’d personally go for the understated versions, such as the quilted towelling Lola bags — particularly the ones in blue (HK$15,200, size medium) or orange (HK$11,500, size small). I like that they are softly structured, subtly quilted, and most importantly, reimagined in tactile towelling for that unmistakable poolside flair. You can now purchase them at the dedicated TB Summer Monogram pop-up in the Burberry Pacific Place store or online. — Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Midst Hydra-Hand Sanitising Spray
Hongkongers and local businesses have been lauded for their quick response to the pandemic in the past several months: As a result, these days whether it be the mall, restaurant or supermarket, you’ll always find a bottle of sanitising gel or spray ready at your disposal to make sure your hands stay clean. Homegrown design and product company Ethereal+ sought to elevate the tone of the city-wide hygiene effort with their new range of Midst hand sanitising sprays, a new product that replaces the rather unsightly drugstore labels that have become the norm even among the most high-end hotels and restaurants in town.
The result: Elegant, refillable and recyclable brown glass bottles filled with a non-sticky, hydrating water-based formula, scented mildly of sea salt and sage. But that’s not even the best part about Midst — Founded by two former hospitality professionals Jared Lawler and Lex Mak, the brand is thoroughly a community project, employing hospitality workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the CoViD-19 crisis, while a percentage of proceeds goes back to supporting Hong Kong-based F&B businesses. Currently, three sizes are available from HK$80/50ml to HK$280/250ml purchasable online, and they can be used as antibacterial spray for surfaces as well. — Evelyn Lok, Managing Editor
Rowing Blazers terry cloth ‘dad hat’
What with all of the lockdowns, social distancing and general ‘work from home’ malaise afflicting everybody these last few months, I’m not too proud to admit my own standards of dress have fallen considerably. Despite most of us here in Hong Kong having returned to work (in earnest) nearly two months ago, I’ve yet to fully re-embrace my usual enthusiasm for coats, ties, and a dab of thoroughly applied pomade.
Indeed, during the earlier, sullenly attended days in the week, the absence of well-coiffed locks tends to be something of a nuisance. Which is why in recent weeks, I’ve turned enthusiastically to the prospect of hats. I’ve found the most irreverent tend to be made by Rowing Blazers — Jack Carlson’s New York-based purveyor of athletic goods that is equal parts Tan France and Royal Tenenbaums. This ‘dad hat’ (approx. HK$375) for instance, possesses a jaunty aesthetic that never quite spills into the realm of logomania — meaning it’s just as satisfying to wear on weekends as it is during the soul crushing tumult of your Monday commute. — Randy Lai, Editor